9:51.278…that’s the new record time to race up Pikes Peak in the unlimited class of racing car, and just like the old record of 10:01:40 it belongs to Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima.
“I am so happy,” Tajima said after the record breaking run, “I am champion.”
The 60-year-old Japanese racer drove his 910 HP Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special into the record books again and in the smashed his own record which he set in 2007 at the top of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak summit in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This year the race course got just a bit faster as more of the road up to the summit was paved.
In second place up the mountain was Rhys Millen in his Hyundai, who managed to fly up the 146 corners and 12.42 miles of dirt and tarmac that makes up the Pike Peak International Hill Climb in a time of 10:09.24.
You can check out our exclusive pre-race interview with Millen below, and watch he practiced on the top part of the race course earlier this week.
In third place was Jean Philippe Dayraut of Montrabe, France, in 10:17.77.
A total of 191 drivers attacked the mountain today in almost perfect weather.